Iran reveals details regarding capture of spies prior to presidential elections
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 3 /Trend S.Isayev, D. Khatinoglu/
New details regarding the capturing of people who allegedly wanted to cause turmoil during the upcoming presidential elections in Iran, Fars news agency reported.
Iran's Intelligence ministry said 12 members of a spy team have been arrested. These people were involved in spying and terrorist activities earlier, according to Fars.
Some of the people in the group were also connected with the the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO).
Founded in the 1960s, MKO is a Marxist guerilla group, which masterminded a slew of terrorist operations in Iran and Iraq - one of which was the 1981 bombing of the offices of the Islamic Republic Party, in which more than 70 Iranian officials were killed.
As the statement of Iran's Intelligence Ministry said the unnamed leader of the group was working for an Arabic country's intelligence, had connection to a UK entity, and that the mentioned person was in connection with Israel's Mossad via that country's intelligence. The name of the country was not revealed.
Another details that were revealed in the report is that the head of the captured team had a meeting with two Baha'is in India (country's religious community), in order to coordinate the provocation.
Iranian ministry's report revealed that the captured team was equipped with significant amount of weapons, which included guns, and a machine gun.
Further on, the report said that one of the goals of the captured team was to cause hostility among religious people in Iran's regions.
Prior to the presidential elections, which are slated to be held on June 14, 2013, Iran has greatly tightened security in the country.
The voters will select the successor of the current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is not able to participate in the elections for the third term according to the country's constitutional laws.
The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election and the Guardian Council vets the candidates for qualifications.